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What's Wrong With Rosie?

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Trevor Rosenthal has been off and on this year. I believe that part of the problem is that he has been throwing a cutter.[1]

At the start of the year, starting with Opening Day, I thought this was on purpose; that Rosenthal was playing around with the pitch in an effort to develop a starter's repertoire. However, I have come to believe that this is more likely an accident, perhaps due to Rosenthal's over-throwing the ball of late.[2]

I clearly saw this problem pop up again in the game yesterday 8/17 when Rosenthal walked three batters. I happened to be shooting video from center field and shot a clip containing the frame above. This frame shows the release point and shows Rosenthal's hand, rather than coming straight through the back of the ball, instead sliding around to the third base side of the ball.

This is exactly what you want to do if you want to cut the ball and get it to move to the glove side (as with a cutter or slider).

However, this is a problem if you don't mean to do this.

This was the last pitch that Rosenthal threw yesterday and, judging by Cruz's reaction, he wasn't expecting the pitch to move in that direction or that much. Presumably, Rosenthal wasn't either. Regardless, the ball moved so much more than Cruz expected that he essentially reverse-framed the pitch and turned a strike on the black into a ball.

[1] In most cases, the cutter comes in at 96MPH and moves to Rosenthal's glove side rather than flat or to his pitching arm side.
[2] When Rosenthal is on, through my camera lens a 98+MPH fastball looks like a change-up, leaving me surprised when I see the velocity reading of the pitch. Lately, I have found that I am less and less confused by what Rosenthal is throwing.

I was on wdws 1400 AM in Champaign

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I did a segment with Brian Moline. Talking about Taveras and a few other Cardinals.

Holy neck tat.

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Sorry, Yadi (h/t Matt Sebek)

Vintage Base Ball

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Each year in South Pass City, Wyoming, we play in a vintage base ball tournament. We wear vintage uniforms and use vintage equipment. The tournament is unique because it's played at somewhere around 7300 elevation, is in the middle of a gold rush ghost town, and left field is a sage brush hill. One of our members, Mat, collected photos and did a photo essay story on imgur about it. He also posted it to reddit. The story went fairly viral, capturing 220k views in the first 24 hours or so, and got some play on some local and national media outlets. I figgered VEB might enjoy the photos at the very least. Imgur photo essay mic.com story

Shocked Brewers

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gotta make one after that expression

Anyone else think this guy is leaving out key facts?

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Article saying Lucroy is now better than Yadi. Seems to leave out some key info to make his argument.

I was on KMOX last night (5/5/2014)

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Talked about Taveras and Wong. Host Chris Hrabe always has good things to say about VEB. The Joe Sheehan interview is also very good.

MLB 14 the Show ratings for Cards players

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Pitchers: http://bit.ly/NVy4uZ Ratings have been changed this year. Not near as many 90s players as last year, across the board. You can read about that in the OS forums as you'd like.

Zoom Zoom's real-life writing

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I covered a local HS basketball team (my alma mater in southeast Michigan) this past winter. The season recently wrapped up with them being state champs for the first time in 66 years. I will soon be starting the baseball season as the writer for them. Baseball writing has long been a dream of mine, and this will be a lot of fun. Thanks for the support! - ZZ

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